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Actor-Producer Chronicles, Part I: The Beginning

August 27, 2012

So I’m doin’ this thing.

You know, the one I sorta maybe thought about doing way back in April?

That’s right, I’m the newest actor to dive into self-producing.

A lot has happened since I wrote that initial, full-of-trepidation post. I fell in love with a play to produce. I applied for the rights to said play. I met with some of my most trusted actor-producer friends for advice. I got rejected for the rights to the aforementioned play. I reached out to producer friends for advice on how to proceed and made another attempt at getting approved for those rascally rights. I was still rejected. And with my very first step on the long road of self-producing going so poorly, I was wondering if I was cut out for this at all.

So then I stewed for awhile. I threw myself into looking for another play to fall in love with. Found nothing just right. But what I did do right was put it out into the universe that I was looking for something perfect by mentioning it in my actor newsletter. Which one of the playwrights I’ve worked with a lot read. And what did he do? He offered to write me a play about…whatever I wanted. Which just so happened to be Anne Boleyn, as I had fallen in love with her story from the first play.

So what did he do? He wrote me a really kick-ass play about Anne Boleyn. With me in mind. So now? I’m producing and starring in the world premiere of this play. And I couldn’t be more excited about it. I’ve already thrown myself headfirst into budgeting, grant writing, planning an initial reading, coordinating a promotional photo shoot, creating a social media presence for the show, crafting a Tudor crown from scratch…you name it.

Am I still a bit scared and overwhelmed about the whole thing? Yeah. But I haven’t been this energized working on anything in a long time, and that feels really good. And also? This play is gonna rock.

Check out our facebook page and follow us on twitter to stay-up-to-date. You’re definitely going to want to see this.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. The Enterprising Actor permalink
    August 27, 2012 10:59 am

    It’s terrifying, isn’t it?! Good for you, and I’m eager to follow your journey to production. Are there any books or resources you have found particularly helpful in your producer research? I’m currently reading The Commercial Theatre Institute Guide to Producing Plays and Musicals (Vogel & Hodges, ed) and Producing Theatre (Farber). I’m coming to believe that anyone who wants to work in this business has to learn how to produce on some scale.

  2. August 27, 2012 11:12 am

    Yes, absolutely terrifying. And exciting. I’m looking forward to following along with your journey, too! The first thing I did when contemplating all of this was buy “Producing Your Own Showcase” (Harris), which was a great overview of all of the elements that go into this thing. Beyond that, I’ve found picking the brains of my very talented actor-producer friends to be the best resource!

  3. August 27, 2012 11:26 pm

    This is SO completely thrilling. There may be challenging moments ahead–ok, there will be challenging moments ahead–but you will never regret doing this… not for a single second.

    I’m so cheering you on!!!

    • August 28, 2012 9:36 am

      Your support means so much to me, Rhonda! I couldn’t be doing this without awesome people like you who have paved the way.


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